Trevor Rabin - Jacaranda

Published: Mar 29, 2013 Filed under: Blues & Jazz

by Trevor Rabin

Label: Varese Fontana
Release Date: May 8, 2012

Rating (out of 5):

Yes, Trevor Rabin is Back in Full Bloom with Jacaranda

One of the most accomplished musicians in the world, Trevor Rabin is back from years of working movie soundtracks with a solo outing that stretches the meaning of the word musician and the world is a better place for it. He plays all of the instruments, except drums, on the album and solidifies his place as a musical legend.

"Jacaranda" starts with "Spider Boogie," a fast fingering cut that required only a single take, not that he's showing off. The transition into more eclectic tracks like "Market Street," with its piano and slide guitar seems only natural. "Anerley Road" is the albums first single and a highlight showcasing Trevor performing an array of guitars from Dobro, Jazz, Classical nylon string and his trademark stratocaster, interweaving intricate melodies
with piano and syncopated beats by Lou Molino III on drums and the talented Tal Wilkenfeld on bass guitar. The entire album seems to rely on his ability to go back and forth between styles, while making it all his own, in an easy to listen to way.

Trevor has been working on musical scores since we last saw a solo release from him in 1989 with "Can't Look Away", and the emotion that he learned to convey is ever present on the album. "Jacaranda" takes you on a journey across the musical landscape. Blues, country, rock and classical music are all within reach at any time.

Rabin at no point falls victim to the problem that many solo guitarists have. You never get tired of listening to him play.

Trevor Rabin is a master. He will take you down with a bluesy riff that will, before long, soar into an emotional classical piece that will explode with aural colors and textures. In "Jacaranda" you always know you are in a different world because you FEEL it.


Anerley Road by Trevor Rabin from the album Jacaranda

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